This Starbucks in Japan Is an Homage to Traditional Japanese Architecture
It blends right in with the neighborhood.
Starbucks Coffee Kawagoe Kanetsuki-dori Store
15-18 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe City, Saitama
Opened on Monday, March 19th, 2018
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Starbucks Coffee Japan recently opened a new branch that blends right in with the traditional town of Koedo-Kawagoe.
Called Starbucks Coffee Kawagoe Kanetsuki-dori Store, it's located near Toki no Kane (Bell Tower), the symbol of Kawagoe. It's famous for its Kurazukuri (old storehouse); cypress from Saitama is used for the exteriors of the building.
The interiors are designed to look like the Edo lacquer that is used in storehouses in Kawagoe. The store is about 66 tsubo (around 220 m2) and has a Japanese garden and patio in the back.
The benches at the entrance and inside the store are made with a woven fabric called Kawagoe Tozan, which was popular during the Edo period. The ropes that bind the backrest and the seat are tied one by one in a traditional way by a barista.
There is also a courtyard where you can drink coffee while enjoying the sounds of the toki no kane.
The backyard has a Japanese garden created by a landscape gardener. Garden trees such as plum and maple trees show new faces throughout the seasons. There's a patio in front of the garden, so you can relax and spend your time gazing at the trees.
You can also find some artwork inside the store. Fusuma (Japanese sliding door) paintings that were made in the Taisho period to the early Showa period are framed with Japanese cedar from Saitama. They are now displayed as pictures. The original frames of the fusuma are reused as frames for coffee cherry pictures. The artworks in this picture are coffee cherries with five traditional Japanese patterns: hoshi shippo, bundo tsunagi, kagome, tachiwaki, seigaiha.
The artworks displayed in the back at the right-hand side are images of lacquer that express the relationships of coffee and bees, berries and baskets, and coffee and people.
As for the menu, Saitama's second Nitro Cold Brew Coffee is available. By adding nitrogen gas, the coffee becomes soft and creamy.
Building stores that fit in with the town of Kawagoe started from the citizens' wish to have a sense of attachment to the community and local stores. They wanted a place for locals, not just tourists, to gather and rest in. Check out this cool Starbucks branch the next time you're in Saitama!
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (15 March 2018)